Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale

Exhibition Info
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
Curators
Jodi Throckmorton
Brittany Webb
This exhibition invites viewers to consider how size and repetition can be interpreted as political gestures in the practices of many women artists.

Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale examines the approaches of women artists for whom space is a critical feature of their work, whether they take the space on a wall, the real estate of a room through sculpture and installation, engage seriality as a spatial visual practice, cast a wide legacy in art history or claim the space of their body. This exhibition invites viewers to consider how size and repetition can be interpreted as political gestures in the practices of many women artists.

Featured artists include Joan Brown, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Eiko Fan, Mary Frank, Viola Frey, Hope Gangloff, Nancy Graves, Guerrilla Girls, Clarity Haynes, Ellen Harvey, Orit Hofshi, Barbara Kruger, Leah Modigliani, Elizabeth Murray, Wangechi Mutu, Dona Nelson, Louise Nevelson, Ebony G. Patterson, Debra Priestly, Faith Ringgold, Brie Ruais, Betye Saar, Miriam Schapiro, Mira Schor, Alyson Shotz, Sylvia Sleigh, Becky Suss, Mickalene Thomas, Marie Watt, and Deborah Willis.

Featuring works (many recent acquisitions) from the permanent collection, Taking Space is one of three exhibitions at PAFA in 2020-2021 celebrating women artists in honor of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.

Select Featured Works

Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach, 1990
Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach, 1990 © Faith Ringgold/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Deborah Will, I Made Space for a Good Man, 2009
Deborah Will, I Made Space for a Good Man, 2009
Stripped Away From Center, 130 (Night)
Brie Ruias, Stripped Away From Center, 130 (Night), 2018
Marie Watt, Skywalker/Skyscraper (Allegory), 2012
Marie Watt, Skywalker/Skyscraper (Allegory), 2012

Exhibition Support

Special Exhibitions are generously supported by Emily and Mike Cavanagh, Jonathan L. Cohen, Ro and Martin King, Robert E. Kohler and Frances Coulborn Kohler, Maggie and Brien Murphy, and Dorothy and Ken Woodcock. Additional support is provided the PAFA Annual Exhibition Fund.

Contemporary Exhibitions are generously supported by Laura and Richard Vague. Additional support is provided by Ralph Citino and Lawrence Taylor, Howard Sacks and Vesna Todorović Sacks, and an anonymous donor.

 

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